Lt. Michael Bastianelli, of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, was presented with a Professional Service Award for his investigation of an identity theft case, and he was promoted from detective-sergeant to lieutenant. His new badge was pinned on his chest for the first time by his oldest brother, Brian, who is a police officer in Farmington Hills.

Lt. Michael Bastianelli, of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, was presented with a Professional Service Award for his investigation of an identity theft case, and he was promoted from detective-sergeant to lieutenant. His new badge was pinned on his chest for the first time by his oldest brother, Brian, who is a police officer in Farmington Hills.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Kitten rescue, weapons raid, social media efforts earn police commendation

By: Brendan Losinski | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 9, 2018

 Livonia resident Rachel Day was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department for her help saving kittens that were dumped on Telegraph Road. She is the first non-department member to be given such an award.

Livonia resident Rachel Day was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department for her help saving kittens that were dumped on Telegraph Road. She is the first non-department member to be given such an award.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FRANKLIN — On July 5, the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department honored several department members and hosted a ceremony at the Franklin Village Hall to promote two officers.

Nominations for awards could come from anyone — community members, family members and even other officers. A board consisting of three department members, including Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Chief Dan Roberts, chose award winners from those nominations.

“It’s very important to recognize the great work that goes on on a daily basis in this community,” Roberts said. “Often, the community doesn’t get to see it, so we want to highlight some of this fantastic work our department members put in.”

The department hosts this event each summer, but for the first time this year, someone from outside the department was honored as well.

Last August, after two kittens were dumped in the middle of Telegraph Road, Livonia resident Rachel Day stopped her car and assisted Franklin-Bingham Farms police officer Jim Hirschfeld in trying to rescue the two small animals before taking them to a shelter and helping the surviving cat get adopted.

“This was the first time we honored someone outside the department,” said Roberts. “Ms. Day’s support was so extraordinary. We get great support from our community members, but you don’t often see people risk their life and then spend their own money to help out.”

Day received a certificate of commendation alongside senior police clerk Stephanie Longworth — who was honored in response to her outstanding work and for creating a new policy book for the department — and the department’s social media coordinator, Heather Mydloski, who “helped bring the department into the 21st century,” according to Roberts.

Recently retired Lt. Brian Crane and Officer Jeffrey Gorski were given a departmental citation for their resolution to an incident involving a chase with a stolen truck and their successful arrest of the suspect after forcing the fleeing vehicle away from traffic and onto the side of the road.

Officer Justin Wells and Officer Kimberly Bonacorsi also were given departmental citations, alongside Beverly Hills Public Safety Officers James Balagna and Tyler Eng, for their successful response to a violent, mentally ill man making threats at the home of family members. The four officers subdued the man and ensured that he received medical treatment. Bonacorsi also was presented with a certificate of commendation for preventing a homeless man from breaking into a business and getting the man help at a local hospital.

The final award was presented to Detective Sgt. Michael Bastianelli and Officer Dennis Berry for their investigation of a stolen credit card that eventually led to the discovery of the purchase of illegal gun components by a group in Detroit. They also assisted the FBI when a raid was conducted on the illegal business, and thousands of dollars of cash and a large number of illegal gun parts were seized.

Bastianelli also was one of two department members promoted during the ceremony. Bastianelli was granted the rank of lieutenant, while Robert Mydloski, who spent 10 years with the Detroit Police Department before spending 10 years with the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, was promoted to sergeant.

“I’ll still be in the detective bureau for the foreseeable future,” explained Bastianelli. “Coming to work for the Franklin-Bingham Farms department really changed my life for the better in every sense. I just hope people know that if they ever need us, they should never hesitate to call us.”

There have only been three lieutenants in the department’s history. As a lieutenant, Bastianelli will serve as the department’s second in command.

“For me, it’s third time’s the charm,” laughed Mydloski. “I passed the sergeant’s exam twice before, but this time, there was a spot open to me. My duties will remain similar, but it will include a switch from working days to working nights and will include oversight for three other officers.”

Mydloski thanked his fellow department members and the community for the trust they have given him.

“We have some of the best police officers I’ve ever seen,” remarked Roberts. “I hope the rest of the community gets to see the same commitment to duty I see every day.”